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SA Gay Mural In Manchester

Hi Queerlife

Just wanted to let you know about this mural by South African artist Faith47, which she created a couple of weeks before the tragedy at Orlando.

722 – 481 BC, the latest collaborative work from Faith47 and Lyall Sprong of Thingking, pays homage to human intimacy and celebrates LGBT rights.

The large mural is situated in the heart of Manchester’s northern district. The mural is brought to life at night, with a geometric light installation exploring shadows as not merely the absence of light. A symbolic interpretation of the ‘gay friendly area’ sign lights up on an adjacent wall.

This artwork was created as part of the Cities of Hope Mural Project, in which the work of each artist is matched to a local grassroots organisation. Faith47’s artwork serves as a potential catalyst for a dialogue between the Partisan Collective in Manchester and the Triangle Project based in South Africa.

The mural also forms part of Faith47’s ongoing series, 7.83 Hz. “Relationships rise and fall; societies blossom and crumble,” says Faith47. “The profound connectedness between us creates and destroys life. We are sensitive and caring, yet at the same time vulnerable and cruel. The foundation of the 7.83 Hz project is recognising this duality, as well as the profound weight of our interconnectedness.”